Thomas Nicol
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Winders site live!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Nicol Jun 13, 2016. 18 Replies

Winders are really simple, versatile rigging tools, which give stop motion animators easy, precise control over linear…Continue

Winder Rigs Beta Testing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Nicol Jan 28. 25 Replies

I think I've got my laser-cut winder design just about locked in; I've cleaned up and streamlined the design a bit since I last posted about it…Continue

Haze Effects

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Oct 13, 2015. 18 Replies

Is there a way to give the appearance of volumetric haze in a stopmo scene?  The straightforward way seems doomed to failure in a stopmo environment (unless there's some magical haze product out…Continue

Ansco Lens Mount

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Aug 30, 2012. 5 Replies

This is a long shot... but hey, why not ask?My brother is a devoted diver of dumpsters, and often comes up with surprisingly fantastic finds.  One of these was a camera bag containing a 60's era…Continue

 

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Expresso-Skull

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 9:26am 4 Comments

I'm working on learning to make silicone puppets, and had a reasonably successful experiment embedding armature wire inside the face to allow for posable expression -- got some pics of the process here.

Subsequent trials will have the wire embedded closer to the skin's surface (the "lower lid" wires especially are difficult to reach), and have more of the wire hugging the surface contour…

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At 12:05am on December 6, 2015, James Krysa said…

Did you go ahead with learning silicone puppets?  James.

At 12:21am on December 7, 2015, James Krysa said…

That sounds like rocket science to me lol.    

Yeah me too I don't feel I got the courage to do it yet either.  

I still don't understand the difference between latex, silicone, foam latex, all these different matterials.  sounds confusing.  

At 1:24am on December 7, 2015, James Krysa said…

Thanks for taking the time and effort to explain all that.  I will check out - Smooth-on's - stuff.  I'm assuming that's a person on this site with that name right.  and I will try do some research if I can and find out more.  I get very overwhelmed quite easily lol with all this technical info, but I will try and work it through.   

At 1:40am on December 8, 2015, James Krysa said…

Thanks Thomas, and I will reply to your message next.   

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